Week six of “Destination ARTS!” features music from the folk songs and standards of Nicola Sussman & Gloria Showalter, the contemporary folk trio “Mountain Air,” singer Gillian Hollen, and the ukelele-bass duo “Unheard Of” . We have new children’s programs from teacher Mary Ellen Selvaggio and Kathy Pierce, art demonstrations by Marjorie Tressler and Donna Bingaman, and a DRUM CIRCLE led by “The Drum Lady” Nancy Messich!
Destination ARTS! continues to transform Waynesboro’s Main Street, and with plans for weekend number six, the event continues to be open every Friday from 5 – 8 pm, Saturday from 11 am – 6 pm, and Sunday from 12 pm – 4 pm through October 27.
As part of this exciting new initiative, seven vacant buildings in downtown Waynesboro have been converted into full-fledged, curated art galleries, and art is also displayed in an additional nine storefronts. Nearly all of the art is for sale.
NEW THIS WEEK!
DRUM CIRCLE – for all ages
Saturday, August 24
12 – 2 pm, Center Square (rain site 37 East Main St)
ALL AGES ARE WELCOME – from children to adults! Drums will be provided, but feel free to bring your own if you want! No experience necessary!
“The Drum Lady” Nancy Messich has been playing music professionally for over 30 years. She is a drumkit player, line drummer, hand drummer, steel drum player, and singer with over 20 years experience as a teacher. Nancy has worked in the assisted living industry with her music skills, Special Needs School Programs, Community Boys & Girls Clubs, women’s groups, preschoolers, and festivals to provide a program that everyone enjoys.
Saturday, August 24
11 am – 12 pm, 37 East Main Street
Get Ready for School and New Learning! Join teacher Mary Ellen Selvaggio to hear the story “There Was an Old Woman Who Swallowed a Book!” How good is your memory? Have fun remembering what’s missing! For ages 5 – 8.
12 pm – 2 pm – DRUM CIRCLE FOR ALL AGES — No experience necessary! – Center Square
With “The Drum Lady,” Nancy Messich.
2 pm – 3 pm – Decoupage! – 37 East Main Street.
Cut, paste, and decoupage your way to Destination Arts! with Kathy Pierce. Ages 8 and up are invited.
Performers and times are subject to change
Friday, August 23
- 6 – 8 pm, Nicola Sussman (vocals & ukulele) and Gloria Showalter (vocals)- FOLK & STANDARDS – Center Square (rain site 22 West Main St.)
- 5 – 8 pm – “Unheard Of” – Eric Wengert (ukulele) & Brian Wengert (bass) – VARIETY – 50 West Main St.
- 6 – 9 pm, Tommy Lancaster (vocals & guitar) – FOLK & BLUES – Christine’s Cafe
- 7 – 10 pm, “Old Tyme Jam” – BLUEGRASS – Beck & Benedict Hardware Music Theatre, 118 Walnut St. – $4
Saturday, August 24
- 2 – 5 pm, “Mountain Air” – Bobbi Smith (guitar & vocals), Bob Murphy (upright bass), Lisa Donohoe (mandolin & vocals) – ACOUSTIC CONTEMPORARY FOLK & POP COUNTRY – Center Square
- 3 – 6 pm, Gillian Hollen (vocals & keyboard) – VARIETY – 50 West Main St
- 6 – 9 pm, Open Mic Night – Christine’s Cafe
Sunday, August 25
- 12 – 3 pm – “Unheard Of” – Eric Wengert (ukulele) & Brian Wengert (bass) – VARIETY – Center Square
- 12 – 2 pm, Daniel Lawson (piano) – CLASSICAL – 50 West Main St.
- 2 – 4 pm – Renfrew Jazz Festival featuring world renowned jazz musicians Lew Tabackin (flute & tenor sax), Paul Bollenback (guitar), Boris Koslov (bass), and Mark Taylor (drums). Renfrew Park, 1010 East Main St. – FREE
Saturday, August 24
Marjorie Tressler will be painting and demonstrating her craft throughout the day at the gallery located at 50 West Main St, gallery, ”Small Town Hosts Big City Art”.
Donna Bingaman will be painting and demonstrating her craft from 1 – 3:00 pm in the “Homegrown Art” gallery at 37 West Main Street.
An initiative of the non-profit Arts Alliance of Greater Waynesboro (AAGW), Destination ARTS! is an ambitious attempt to revitalize a small town and stimulate economic development. Hundreds of volunteers are involved, working on everything from art selection and installation, building preparation, event programming, warehousing, and the coordination of “docents” to greet the public in each gallery during open hours. The event has united landlords, artists and arts organizations, businesses, local government and the general public in an effort to achieve a single goal — to bring vibrancy back to our downtown, and to share our enthusiasm for the natural beauty, history and talent of the area with others.
Some of the most highly respected fine artists in the Mid-Atlantic region are participating, including Benjamin Jones, David Buckley Good, Fritz Biggs, Brad Clever, Kevin Kutz and Steve Navada. There are also photographers such as Raymond Gehman, Janie Moltrup and Denny Bingaman, ceramic artists such as Hilda Eiber and Mike McIntyre, as well as many, many others. The exhibits feature paintings, sculpture, jewelry, ceramics, photography, and fiber arts. Gallery exhibits will change every six weeks.
The gallery locations and themes are:
- 50 West Main St. – “Small Town Hosts Big City Art” – Paintings by our most prominent and metropolitan artists
- 37 West Main St. – Furniture Market Showroom – “Homegrown Art” – Art by professional or amateur artists who grew up in the Waynesboro area
- 32 West Main St. – “A Taste of the Arts” – Sampling of Gallery Arts, note cards and prints, and all sales transactions
- 30 West Main St. – “Palette to Canvas” – Paintings of all genres
- 22 West Main St. – “Through the Lens and Of the Earth” – Photography, digital arts, pottery and fiber arts
- 2 East Main St. – “Scenes, Shapes and Surprises” – Paintings, sculptures and the unexpected
- 13 South Church St. – Special Features of the Ceramic Arts Center – Diverse pottery and more in Waynesboro’s newest arts center
In addition, storefront art displays will be presented in both existing businesses and other vacant buildings, including:
- 24 East Main St.
- 30 East Main St.
- 33 East Main St.
- 35 East Main St.
- 37 East Main St.
- 43 East Main St.
- 81 West Main St.
- 96 West Main St.
- 106 West Main St.
More activities are continually being scheduled! Check the website often for updates, or follow the Arts Alliance of Greater Waynesboro on Facebook for the most up-to-date information.
Waynesboro is surrounded by beautiful countryside and parks, and there are many other activities and events to offer visitors. Renfrew Museum and Park and Renfrew Institute offer a wide variety of cultural events and environmental programs. There are great hiking opportunities along the Appalachian Trail, apple and peach orchards, excellent restaurants and award-winning chocolate shops. Pen Mar Park, once a tourist destination that drew as many as 20,000 visitors a day to the area, is still majestic and offers stunning views and dancing on Sundays. The Arts Alliance of Greater Waynesboro looks forward to sharing the natural beauty and talent of the area with all who attend Destination ARTS!